If I had to guess, I'd say we're a SE site that gets comparatively many questions that get marked as off-topic, mainly in the category of "shopping questions" and "usage questions".

From a comment of @Lundin, I've learned that Stack Overflow is (having an attempt at) solving such issues by introducing a question entry wizard, which politely takes the asker through a set of questions. If the user clicks "I need a software recommendation", he's forwarded to the appropriate other SE site.
It guides people through sensible tag usage, and, even dearer to my heart, formulating good titles.

Can we have that, as a default for low and low-rep users (<110 pts), on this page, too?

For me, that would clearly make "be nice" easier. Instead of every time pointing out that, hey, asking for which device to buy, they could instead describe their problem and make this an interesting engineering question, that'd just be an instant close vote without a comment, because I'd know that these folks have gone through and ignored a wizard. There's really nothing that being helpful or welcoming can fix in that case. Instructions were clear; that leaves us with more time for the well-asked questions.

However, my hope is less negatively motivated: I think a well-designed wizard would not only deter off-topic questions, but it would encourage people to think about their problems in a productive, engineering-like way while or before asking them, making them better problems alltogether!

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    \$\begingroup\$ Here's a relevant meta.SE post: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/378057/… \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Jun 11, 2019 at 18:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Probably something we should bring up at meta.stackexchange.com. As I understand it, SO has gotten quite far with it. Beta testing was done this winter and it is live now, though as far as I know, still evaluated and fine-tuned. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lundin
    Jun 12, 2019 at 6:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lundin I'd agree, but I don't want to bring up things on meta.SE without there being at least superficial agreement on what we want – hence I'm asking here "at the target audience" :) \$\endgroup\$ Jun 12, 2019 at 7:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ We are certainly not "cool enough" for features like that \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jun 16, 2019 at 22:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @laptop2d how can you tell? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 17, 2019 at 4:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarcusMüller because we don't have the volume the SE does, we take 'second seat'. Many other feature requests have been ignored. I'm willing to be that it would take a significant amount of programing time to tailor the tool for EE.SE \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jun 17, 2019 at 14:59


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